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11 February, 2013

Broken Ladder 3 - East of Englad

the Locked out Generation

 ‘time to save a deposit in the East of england nearly triples in a decade’

However, signs of thaw in mortgage market and lifeline from Government backed schemes providing optimism

 

  • On average in the East saving a deposit will now take 83 months
  • A decade ago it took 27 months
  • First time buyer numbers have plummeted by 64% in 10 years
  • Government schemes increasingly important to help families get on to the property ladder

 

However;

 

  • Funding for lending leading to increase in lending
  • Government backed Newbuy and Firstbuy schemes increasingly helping families get on to the property ladder

 

New research released today starkly illustrates the scale of the challenge faced by today’s young people wishing to buy a home – and how much the situation has deteriorated in the last decade.

However, there is some hope emerging for people looking to buy. The Government’s Funding for Lending scheme has resulted in some thawing in the mortgage market. Whilst Government-backed schemes such as Newbuy and Firstbuy are providing a lifeline for an increasing number of people who would otherwise be excluded.

On average in the East of England, somebody in their 20s wanting to purchase the average first time buyer home (£172,186) would have to save a deposit of £34,437. Even saving 33% of their net income it would take them nearly seven years to put together the necessary deposit. In 2002, a person in the same circumstances would have saved a deposit in just over two years.

The reality is even harsher. When you factor in the costs of paying rent, utility bills and council tax, while trying to save a deposit, the scale of the challenge faced by today’s young people becomes apparent. For potential first time buyers in their twenties saving half of their discretionary net income (that is, net income after paying council tax, rent, energy and water bills) it will take on average in the East of England 11 years to put together a deposit for their first home.

This increasing ‘deposit gap’ has seen the number of FTBs plummet and created a Locked-out Generation. In the five years to 2002 the number of first time buyers in England averaged 543,000 each year. In the last five years to 2012 that number has collapsed to 197,000.  

The figures are revealed in HBF’s latest Broken Ladder report – ‘The Locked-out Generation - A decade of decline and the deposit gap’. It is the third such report to be published and identifies the increasing lack of accessibility to the housing market at a time when supply is critically low.

However, there is some hope emerging for people looking to buy. Government-backed schemes such as Newbuy and Firstbuy are providing a lifeline for an increasing number of people who would otherwise be excluded.

Newbuy, allows people to buy a new build home with a 5% deposit. This cuts the average FTB deposit to a more realistic £8,609. More than 3,000 people have reserved a home through NewBuy already and the first few weeks of 2013 have seen a big increase in the weekly number of reservations as more people become aware of the scheme and, crucially, lenders cut interest rates.

FirstBuy, the Gvmnt/Industry funded shared equity scheme that also allows people to get a 95% deposit helped over 10,000 before running out of funds. After pressure from the housing sector, and realising its critical importance, Government extended the scheme deadline and allocated further funds that will help a further 16,500 people buy their own home.

Stewart Baseley, HBF Executive Chairman, said today:

“This report reveals the extent of our housing crisis and the challenge faced by today’s young people. Unlike previous generations that took home ownership for granted, today’s generation have a mountain to climb if they wish to own their own home. We are creating a locked out generation.

“However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel and there are now several ways for people to buy with a more normal deposit. Government backed schemes such as Newbuy are offering real options for people looking to buy – or move home – and we are seeing more and more take advantage.”

For media enquiries, or to arrange an interview, please contact Steve Turner on 020 7960 1606 / 07919 307 760 or steve.turner@hbf.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

1.     The Home Builders Federation (HBF) is the representative body of the home building industry in England and Wales. The HBF’s 300 member firms account for some 80% of all new homes built in England and Wales in any one year, and include companies of all sizes, ranging from multi-national, household names through regionally based businesses to small local companies: www.hbf.co.uk

broken ladder 3 - the locked out generation
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